HISTORY

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In 1850, our great-great-grandfather, Josep Batlle, was working as a winemaker and grower for a family who owned the vineyards in La Plana, in the Anoia River valley. When phylloxera was ravaging the vineyards of France and much of Europe, Josep Batlle’s son, Pau, set about selling wine to the French sparkling wine producers, who knew the Catalonia region well, as it was their main cork supplier at the time. Using the Xarel·lo as a base, Pau learnt how to refine his own wines for this purpose.

This led to him setting up his own winery, Celler Batlle, in 1881, and enabled him to buy the vineyards that his father used to work.

THE UNION OF TWO OLD FAMILIES

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The next generation, Pau’s daughter, Pilar, married Bartolomé Gramona, the son of Josep Gramona, the then president of the Barcelona Taverners Guild, and founder of La Vid Catalana newspaper of the Catalan Association of Wine Producers, and from San Sadurní.

This united two old wine families who started producing sparkling wine, already under the Gramona brand name, in the early 20th century.

VISIONARIES & PIONEERS

1945 was the start of a new era for Gramona, under the stewardship of Bartomeu y Josep Lluis, the ‘hard working’ generation. They were the visionaries and pioneers behind long-aged sparkling wines. The first Gramona III Lustros was created in 1951 to begin a new era for long ageing sparkling  wines (it was released on the market in 1961). Up until the late 20th century, the two brothers were at the helm of a small winery, highly regarded for the quality of its wines.

The soul of this generation, Josep Lluís Gramona, has been out in the winery every day, sharing his wisdom and love of winegrowing with his children and grandchildren.

THE LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE

2021 marked the Gramona family’s first century as sparkling wine makers and its 140th anniversary as winegrowers.

Today, the history of our wine is being told by the family’s fifth and sixth generations headed by Jaume, Roc and Leonard Gramona. Together they are working on a gradual and careful generational handover, as has always been the case at Gramona.

Cousins Xavier and Jaume Gramona have been the driving force that saw our wines positioned as first-tier sparkling wines, both in Spain and internationally, by the early 21st century.

Xavier Gramona (1959-2023), a generous man, bold visionary and tireless activist, has left the family legacy – that of being protectors of the land and guarantors of a style derived from excellence throughout the winemaking process – in the best of hands.

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OUR TEAM

We work with them as a team of passionate wine lovers who, with great enthusiasm, manage to carry out Gramona’s proposal: to transform the fruit of the land into the best possible sparkling wine, worthy of being at the table of the great bubbles of the world.